, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 1 – Public Health Minister Beth Mugo has completed the first phase of preventive treatment for breast cancer in the United States.
Mugo was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Her Medical Services counterpart Anyang’ Nyong’o has also been battling prostate cancer since last year.
The Dagoretti MP is expected to continue with several chemotherapy regimes in Philadelphia and Nairobi to thwart the re-occurrence of her cancer.
In January, Mugo went public with her ailment, which she said had been detected early and had been treated through surgery.
According to a statement from the Kenyan Embassy in Washington, the minister who is accompanied by her husband, Nicholas Mugo will be back in the country in a few weeks time.
In recent days social media has been rampant with speculation about her health condition following her departure to the US.
The cancer was diagnosed during a routine medical check-up in Nairobi and disclosed to her by her personal physician.
While in the US, Mugo has held extensive discussions with the Senior Vice President of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania to support a cancer program in Kenya.
The two ministries of health along with Kenyan Embassy in US further engaged a number of American-based Cancer Institutions including the MD Anderson Cancer Center among others, where Kenya will benefit in cancer research, screening, control and prevention.
Mugo promised to liaise with her colleague in the Ministry of Medical Services, Anyang’ Nyong’o to tap into the overseas expertise and capacity to enhance Kenya’s health sector ability to manage cancer through prevention, early detection and prompt affordable treatment.
She said she will lobby for the tabling of the Cancer Prevention and Control Bill in Parliament so that Kenyans can benefit from cancer prevention strategies.
Kenya’s Ambassador to the US Elkanah Odembo also assured the minister that Kenyan cancer researchers and oncologists in America are keen to work with the government to tackle and manage cancer in the country.
Odembo however has said that the Kenyan government will have to establish infrastructure that would facilitate the engagement of Kenyan medics in the US.
“These Diaspora medics have approached me and are ready to support Kenya’s effort to improve and enhance health care and health services, especially the Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs),” Odembo said.